Meditation: How good are you at reading warning signs?
Jesus expects his disciples to accurately read the signs of the
times! Seafarers and farmers know the importance of spotting
weather conditions for safe travel and planting. A lot of effort is
made today, with the help of science and technology, to discern
potential natural dangers, such as tropical storms, hurricanes, floods,
tornadoes, earth quakes, and erupting volcanoes, so that people can be
warned to take shelter before disaster hits.
Don't miss God's kingdom and power to transform your life
Our need for accurately discerning the spiritual condition and moral climate around us is vital if we want to avert spiritual crisis and moral disaster. The Lord is ready to transform our lives by offering us his kingdom of righteousness (moral goodness), peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). - But we can miss it if we allow a permissive attitude that takes sin lightly or puts off repairing wrongdoing before it is too late to get reconciled with God.
Jesus used a very vivid illustration of a threatening lawsuit to
show the urgency of settling a bad case outside of court before a worse
sentence could passed against us. Why did the neighbor in Jesus' story
make an effort to come to an agreement with his adversary before the
matter was sent to court for judgment? The accused knew that he had a
bad case which would likely go against him in court. He quickly tried
to come to an agreement with his adversary to avoid receiving a worse
sentence of being thrown into prison and given a costly fine as well.
"Lord Jesus, flood my heart with your love and free me from all that would keep me from doing your will. Transform my mind that I may discern what is right and choose what is good and pleasing to you."
This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/